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Leinster lock Ryan Baird called into Andy Farrell's Ireland squad

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Ryan Baird of Leinster

Ryan Baird of Leinster

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Ryan Baird of Leinster

Leinster lock Ryan Baird has been rewarded for his outstanding display against Glasgow last Friday with a call-up to the Ireland squad.

The 20-year old was included in the original Six Nations squad as a development player before being released back to his province.

Baird, a product of St Michael's College, scored a brilliant hat-trick in Leinster's win over Glasgow last week as he showcased his superb athletic ability.

The powerful lock, who played for the Ireland U-20s last year, will train with Ireland in the early part of the week as he furthers his experience with the senior squad.

Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan will rejoin the squad as soon as they land back from South Africa after helping Connacht to an important PRO14 win over the Kings yesterday.

A group of 35 players will train this week despite this weekend's game against Italy being postponed.

Instead, Andy Farrell's men will begin preparations for their next Six Nations clash which is due to take place against France in a fortnight.

However, World Rugby are due to meet in Paris today and discuss whether or not the remainder of the tournament will go ahead, as well as pencilling in potential rescheduled dates.

FULL SQUAD

Backs: (15)

Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 26 caps

Billy Burns (Ulster) 0 caps

Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps

Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 21 caps

John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 11 caps

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 84 caps

Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 9 caps

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 43 caps

Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 19 caps

Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 24 caps

Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 3 caps

Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 19 caps

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 81 caps

Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 91 caps

Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 28 caps


Forwards: (20)

Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) 0 caps

Will Connors (UCD/Leinster) 0 caps

Max Deegan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 1 cap

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 15 caps

Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 2 caps

Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 44 caps

Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap

Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 55 caps

Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 11 caps

Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 3 caps

Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 39 caps

Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Ulster) 56 caps

Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 2 caps

Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 67 caps

Tom O’Toole (Banbridge/Ulster) 0 caps

Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 26 caps

James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 26 caps

CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 41 caps

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 70 caps

Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 26 caps

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